Quoting Sam I Am
YHA has nice hostels, but the card isn't worth it if you end up spending less than 20 nights at YHA properties. You can also save as you go with the YHA (paying a little bit more every night without a card, but receiving a card in the end)...
Actually a YHA card pays for itself in just 10 nights (they give a much larger discount ($3.5) than most VIP/Nomad hostels) - and afaik the "automatically get a card after saving up ten stamps" thing has been discontinued. (Although they might have restarted it again.)
Hmm, didn't know that; the discount has become largen than it used to be then! In that case, a good deal
I am planning to head to Oz in March 06. My WH visa was approved last week and now I'm researching flights etc. I have a general idea of where I'd like to go and what I'd like to see but no real timeframe mapped out. I will have 12 months to see it all - that's all I know at this point in time. Prob going to spend the first 3 months in Sydney settling in/earning some money before taking off. Don't know at this point which way I'm going to go round the country, clockwise/anti-clockwise? As you can see, I really haven't thought things through in any great detail yet! Ah well, still got 5 months before my departure - that should be enough time. Shouldn't it?!
Anyway, I figure any plan you make will no doubt go to pot anyway depending on who you meet once you're out there.
I'm just going to go with the flow and see where it takes me. I can't wait though!
Hey Kate.. awesome.. i think 5 months is more than enough considering i'm going to leave on the 1st of December but I haven't actually booked the flight or know exactly what i'm going to do when i get there. I'm a bit worried about accomodation over christmas / new year - think I might need to head somewhere else like Melbourne or whereever. It's so difficult to book in advance when you don't know where you're going to be..
But yeah i think you're probably right about the plan thing.. but i think you need to have some sort of idea of what you want to see / where to go. Time's running out for me!
By the way, as a word of warning to everyone who hasn't got their WH visa yet, do NOT goto visabureau.co.uk - I did and it cost me £159.99 !! I am so pi**ed off about that.
WHAT, i applied for my WHV the other day but did it through immi.gov its either £80/90! but £160-did you not look around-wow! well its all paid for now.
I know, well everywhere i looked it was around £80/90 and then i found this visabureau place but they didn't state the price of the visa on their site so i just assumed it was the same as everyone else.
Ah well, nothing i can do about it now but warn others..
By the way, as a word of warning to everyone who hasn't got their WH visa yet, do NOT goto visabureau.co.uk - I did and it cost me £159.99 !! I am so pi**ed off about that. [/quote]
Ouch! That's painful! I too applied online directly through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website - http://www.immi.gov.au Took me at most about 10 minutes, cost me £75 and was approved less than 24 hours later.
Couldn't have been easier and I'd recommend this approach to anybody.
I'M IN THE SAME BOAT AS YOU BUT I'M GOING IN SEPTEMBER....JUST GONNA GET A FLIGHT TO SYDNEY AND WORK IT OUT FROM THERE....PLANS CHANGE WHEN YOU MEET NEW PEOPLE SO THERES NO POINT MAKING ANY DEFINATE PLANS....JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AND HAVE A GOOD TIME....I CAN'T WAIT BUT I'D BE LYING IF I SAID I WAS'NT A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT GOING ON MY OWN....AND I'M 34....MID LIFE CRISIS AND ALL THAT....LOL....HAVE A GOOD TIME.....
OH YEAH HAVE YOU LOOKED AT INTRO OZ FOR YOUR FIRST WEEK...IT MIGHT BE A GOOD WAY OF MEETING PEOPLE STRAIGHT AWAY..
How do you guys put those little text boxes in your posts??
The cards are worth it if you use them, a lot. If you buy a Greyhound Traveller pass from Sydney to Cairns valid for 180 days it will cost you $300 without the card; with a card it will cost you $270 so you've saved $30. If you spent 30-nights in Nomads hostels you would save another $30.00. If you did an Oz Experience East Coast pass you would save $70 on the ticket plus the accommodation. The bigger the purchase the bigger the saving, obviously. The cards also give you 10% off internet, and act as a phone card offering very good rates.
The cards are about$35 to buy and come with a directory of discounts for easy reference. And each company that sells them offers online booking services.
Visa Bureau are a licensed migration agent and as such are supposed to send you a fee schedule before they charge you or carry out any work. I checked out their site. If you want to read about it yourself http://www.visabureau.co.uk/australia/codeofconduct/. If they didn't then you do have grounds for a complaint. I know this because I'm a licensed agent as well. We have to adhere to a strict code of conduct and top of the list is "tell people how much its all gonna cost."
If you need any more info email me directly from TP as I can't comment too much about it in a public forum.